A 22-year-old Racine woman faces a felony charge of possession of child pornography and a misdemeanor count of having sex with a 17-year-old boy.
The felony charge filed by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office Thursday against Amanda M. Eckblad could bring a fine of $100,000 and 25 years in prison. The misdemeanor carries a fine of $10,000 and nine months in county jail.
Eckblad made her initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Thursday afternoon.
According to the criminal complaint:
During an investigation into a sexual relationship between the defendant and a 17-year-old male, police searched Eckblad’s cell phone. The search revealed a video of the two having sexual intercourse March 30, which was deleted May 2.
“Eckblad’s social media indicates she has been a youth delinquency intern, a shelter parent and a high school engagement worker at Case High School,” according to a story by WISN 12 News.
The story reports that a spokeswoman from the Racine Unified School District said that Eckblad, who worked in a truancy abatement program, will not be returning to the job this fall.
According to the complaint, Eckblad shared a home with the teen, who she characterized as her significant other. She has now been ordered to not have any contact with him.
At the time of her arrest, Eckblad was out on bond for straw purchasing a firearm for a gun used in a shots-fired incident in April. On April 25, officers with the Racine Police Department responded to a report of shots being fired. The 17-year-old boy was arrested for using an HI-Point semi-automatic handgun with a laser sight.
During the investigation, police learned that Ecklad had bought the gun for the teen from Dunham’s Sporting Goods about two days prior to the incident.
She told police she was “afraid the police would find out that she had bought the gun for him.”
Eckblad is due in court on a bail/bond hearing for the straw purchase charge on Friday and a preliminary hearing for the child pornography and sexual assault charge at 9 a.m. July 12.
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